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Genres: Country, Folk, Pop, Rock
This collection of the songs Steve Earle recorded before his full-length debut, Guitar Town, in 1986 is interesting only as a historical document. In fact, there's very little here to predict the eye for detail that would ... more »
This collection of the songs Steve Earle recorded before his full-length debut, Guitar Town, in 1986 is interesting only as a historical document. In fact, there's very little here to predict the eye for detail that would soon emerge. Most of the 14 songs here are rockabilly-like numbers that sound downright generic due to cliched lyrics and tepid playing. Even on songs he'd later rerecord more successfully--most notably "The Devil's Right Hand"--the insights are muted by how far Earle has to go as a singer. This portrait of the artist as a young man is more like a sketch, and none too revealing. --David Cantwell
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Mr. Rogers | Toronto, Ont. Canada | 08/22/2003
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This disk has it's moments. If you look at it from the right perspective. Here's a young Earle finding his place and doing so with some mighty big shadows close by. Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark we're mentors and friends at this point of his career. And if you listen you can hear their influence. But you also have to know that here's a great voice being muted by the Nashville music machine at the same time.
Personally My Baby Worships Me, Open Up Your Door and Breakdown Lane show some great style and potiental. As well there is some amazing humor stuck in there too. If you are a fan give it a listen. Just don't expect it to be I Feel Alright!!!"
Mr. Rogers | 03/19/2002
(2 out of 5 stars)
"This compilation, recorded in 1983 at the now-defunct LSI studio in Nashville, was the product of Earle's record deal with CBS. "The Devil's Right Hand" and "A Little Bit In Love" show writing promise, and Earle's impressive, gritty Texas guitar and sparse rockabilly instrumental arrangements (particlarly "Nothin But You") make this piece appealing for Earle die-hards and collectors, but was deemed unfit for country radio and the finished project here was unceremoniously shelved. (Ironically, "A Little Bit In Love" would later surface on Patty Loveless' second MCA CD.) For the most part, however, Earle's singing is not up to par and the few rays of light contained here did not prepare the listener (or Nashville's music heirarchy) for the monolith that was to come."